Posted 5th Apr 2018 by Peter Byrne
A recent study of UK pet owners has revealed more than four fifths of us (83 per cent of us) believe having a pet will improve our general wellbeing and happiness
With National Pet Month upon us, it seems the ideal time to see how we can repay the favour and keep our pets happy and healthy.
To help you, Natures Menu has compiled some simple tips on spotting changes in your pet's behaviour and appearance, which will typically be the common signs of an unhappy pet.
1 Lack of appetite
We would know there was something instantly wrong if we didn't want to eat, and our pets are no different. A lack of appetite could be down to several factors, and if it's persistent, is a symptom you should check with your vet. Another potential way around this could be changing their food.
2 Licking or chewing themselves
If your pet is constantly licking or chewing, it can be a sign of something physically wrong with your pet, including an infection, itchy skin or fleas. It's also a way for your pet to release nervous energy, so you can see when they are feeling anxious.
3 Changes in sleeping patterns
Just like humans, the young and old generally need more sleep. However, a drastic change in your pet's sleeping pattern could be a more general sign of them feeling unwell or even depressed.
4 Poor digestion
Loose stools are a dog owner's nightmare – should this arise, there are several causes which could cause an upset stomach. Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from stress, whether it's a house move or a bereaved companion, which can subsequently affect digestion. If the problem persists, seek a vet's opinion - diet or bacterial infections are a common cause.
Craig Taylor, managing director at Natures Menu, said: "With April marking National Pet Month, we wanted to highlight the importance of our pet’s health and happiness. Signs of a pet being unhappy are often hard for an owner to spot, and they obviously can’t tell us how they are feeling!"
"We know all pet parents want the best for their cat or dog, so these tips are a great way to help spot any problems from the offset. We’ve seen owners notice a drastic difference in their pet’s behaviour within a matter of days after switching to a raw diet, so should your furry friend show any of the above signs, it is worth considering whether a change in food will help to make them feel happier."